Thelma was born on January 15, 1932, at home in Oakwood, Mo., (a suburb of Hannibal) to Bert Calvin Hartman and Mary Elizabeth Whitaker Hartman.
She attended Tilden School in Oakwood, where she played on the girls’ basketball team. She also excelled in academics and was able to skip ahead of her classmates. When the Tilden High School closed in 1947, she transferred to Hannibal High School for her senior year and graduated at the age of 16.
She then began a lifelong career in working in libraries, with her first job at Hannibal Public Library. Once her children were enrolled in school, she returned to work as a school librarian in the Hannibal Public Schools. She then returned to school, graduating from Hannibal LaGrange College in 1971 as salutatorian of her class with an AA; she graduated from Quincy College in 1973 (with honors) with a BA in English and a minor in library science. She worked at Marion County RII School for the last 18 years of her professional career, at first teaching English and later managing the school library full time.
She married Richard Glenn Poole on June 26, 1954, at the Oakwood Methodist Church on a day that set a record high temperature. They made their home in Hannibal for 30 years. In 1984, they moved to Walnut Hill Farms outside Philadelphia, Mo.
Thelma and Dick loved to travel, often spending family vacations camping in the National Parks in the West. After retirement, they spent 14 years serving as volunteers in the parks, from Alaska to Virginia. There, too, Thelma was often called upon to provide her expertise in managing park libraries. One of their greatest adventures was to spend a season volunteering at Denali National Park in Alaska. Their favorite park, though, was Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, where they spent seven seasons. In recent years, after retiring from their travels, Dick and Thelma owned and operated the Main Street Bakery in Palmyra.
Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; her three brothers, Bert Emerson Hartman, Louis Clayton Hartman, and Eugene Franklin Hartman; and by a grandson, Richard Sterling Poole. She is survived by her husband, of the home; daughter, Melissa Jeanne Poole, of Columbia; son, Richard Michael Poole and wife, Martha, of Philadelphia; seven grandchildren, Ross Seeley and wife Jennifer, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Michael Poole and wife Valerie, and John, Aaron, Emily, Sarah, and Hannah, all of Philadelphia; and three great grandchildren, Jack and Jacob Seeley and Noah Poole.
Funeral services for Thelma Poole will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Bishop Nathan Seaman will officiate. There will be no visitation. Interment will be in the Poole Cemetery northwest of Philadelphia. Memorials may be made to Marion County R-II School Library.
Online condolences may be made at www.lewisbrothersfuneral chapel.com
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